• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 34
    Self as Image
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    self image, language, culture
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    Neuroscientist speak of a primary self, and then the emergence of an autobiographical self. Autobiographical implies separate from, distinct which comes about during the toddler period and language development. The toddler rushing out to explore with wonder hitting negativity over and over and forming an semantic image that conform or mirrors that negativity. And that image is called the autobiographical self. The autobiographical self is always negative. In the original open state there is no need for an image of self of any kind. Through this negative image the child feels it can maintaining contact with the source, parents and family, projecting this negativity. Praise therefore is a counterfeit form of negativity.